Fall, 1891 - Basketball was invented by Dr.James Naismith and the first games were played at Springfield College (MA).

March 23, 1893 - The first women's basketball game was played at Smith College between the freshmen and sophomores. All doors were locked and no men were allowed to watch.

November 7, 1896 - The Brooklyn YMCA and the Trenton Basketball Team played at the Masonic Temple in downtown Trenton in a game that is believed to be the first professional contest in which the players were paid to play. Trenton won 16-1. Fred Cooper, Trenton's premier player, received an extra dollar for being what is known today as the captain.

1896 - Stanford played University of California-Berkeley in first women's game

March 31, 1906 - The Intercollegiate Athletic Assocation of the United States (IAAUS) was founded, and in 1910 it changed its name to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The IAAUS was founded at the urging of President Theodore Roosevelt in reaction to his concern over the growing amount of serious injuries and deaths occurring in collegiate football.

April 8-9, 1926 - The AAU sponsored the 1st National Women's Basketball Championship, using men's rules. 5,000 fans attended the event that was won by the Pasadena Athletic & Country Club.

1936 - Basketball became an official Olympic sport.

March 27, 1939 - Oregon defeated Ohio State, 46-33, in Evanston, Illinois in the first NCAA championship game.

Summer, 1946 - The Basketball Association of America was formed. Charter members of the new league were Boston, Toronto, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and St. Louis. Name was later changed to the National Basketball Association (NBA).

November 1, 1946 - The Basketball Association of America (BAA) begins play as the New York Knickerbockers take on the Toronto Huskies in Toronto.

April 27, 1950 - Duquesne University's Chuck Cooper became the 1st African American player selected in the NBA draft. He was chosen by the Boston Celtics in the second round.

March 2, 1951 - The East defeated the West, 111-94, in the first ever All-star game.

March 2, 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in the Philadelphia Warrior's 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.

February 17, 1963. Michael Jordan was born.

March 19, 1966 - Texas Western's Miners, coached by Hall of Famer Don Haskins, beat the University of Kentucky for the NCAA national championship. Haskins was the first to win an NCAA national championship using an all black starting five.

February 1, 1967 -The American Basketball Association (ABA) was formed and Hall of Famer, George Mikan, was named President.

February 17, 1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, Massachusetts.

August, 1974 - Moses Malone signs with the Utah Stars of the ABA to be the first professional basketball player right from high school.

May 12, 1985 - In the first NBA Lottery, the New York Knicks won and selected Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University.

Nov. 29, 1980 -Western Carolina's Ronnie Carr drilled a three-point field goal, the first in the history of college basketball.

February 6, 1988 - Michael Jordan won the Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star game at Chicago Stadium with a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk.

April 8, 1989 -The FIBA World Congress voted overwhelmingly (56-13) in favor of open competition, eliminating the distinction between amateur and professional and making all players eligible for FIBA competitions, including players competing in the NBA.

April 17, 2001 - The International Basketball Federation voted to allow NBA professionals to participate in the Olympics (1992 Barcelona Games).